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Apprenticeships: five skills key to success

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Apprenticeships are an intricate part of the industry and great route to a successful career, here are the skills you’ll need to succeed if you take the plunge

Apprenticeships are an intricate part of the industry and great route to a successful career, here are the skills you’ll need to succeed if you take the plunge

If you want to succeed on whichever apprenticeship you take, whether it’s technicians, finance, insurance, sales, marketing or IT, there are some key skills you could definitely do with.

MotorPro takes a look at the five skills that will help you take your career to the next level and help you get the most from your apprenticeship.

1.    Communication savvy

Being a stellar automotive apprentice means more than just repairing faulty parts and components: knowing how to communicate with customers is critical to your success.

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Six reasons to choose an apprenticeship

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An apprenticeship could be the key to a successful career, here are the top six reasons to take the apprenticeship route

An apprenticeship could be the key to a successful career, here are the top six reasons to take the apprenticeship route

There are abundant reasons to choose an apprenticeship in the motor trade – a practical and varied profession in which young people receive professional qualifications that can help them progress fast. Here are six of the best reasons to put your faith in the industry and start that motor trade apprenticeship.

Hands-on training

Apprentices work well for young people because they gain hands-on training and professional qualifications simultaneously, says Sally Gilson, head of skills for the Freight Transport Association.

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Thu, 12/12/2019
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Five apprenticeships driving the industry

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The motor industry is powered by apprenticeships, and these five are core to its success

The motor industry is powered by apprenticeships, and these five are core to its success

The motor industry is crying out for fresh faces, with an enormous skills shortage threatening to put the brakes on the sector’s growth. That means there is a ravenous appetite for apprentices in the industry, but which apprenticeships are the most crucial to its future? We have put together a list of the five most popular programmes and those that the industry needs most to fill its staff shortages.

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Mon, 11/25/2019
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Why apprenticeships are worth the money

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Apprenticeships are the linchpin of the industry, but they aren’t always appreciated, the IMI’s ROI calculator should make it clearer

Apprenticeships are the linchpin of the industry, but they aren’t always appreciated, the IMI’s ROI calculator should make it clearer

Apprentices are a sound investment for the motor industry, but that message doesn’t always seem to be getting through to employers. That could change if they knew how valuable apprenticeships are and the return on investment they could gain from them.

The latest version of the IMI’s ROI Calculator shows that a level 3 apprentice in automotive maintenance and repair can deliver a return on investment of more than 200% over the course of three years. What’s more, apprentices typically start to yield a profit within 12 to 24 months, according to the IMI.

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Thu, 10/31/2019
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How apprenticeships are adapting to the electric future

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The move to electric vehicles and increased levels of connectivity will bring changes to apprenticeships, and could help make the industry more attractive

The move to electric vehicles and increased levels of connectivity will bring changes to apprenticeships, and could help make the industry more attractive

Apprentices are critical to the UK motor industry as it shifts to an electric future. This is because youngsters were raised around technology, and so possess innate digital skills that the sector’s ageing workforce can lack.

“Significant tranches of the labour force may be unemployable soon with the advent of electric cars,” says Mark Currie, CEO of training provider Mantra Learning.

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Mon, 10/28/2019
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5 reasons apprenticeships are still the cornerstone of the industry

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Apprenticeships remain one of the most important parts of feeding the skills requirements of the industry, here are just five of them.

Apprenticeships remain one of the most important parts of feeding the skills requirements of the industry, here are just five of them.

Apprenticeships could help solve the motor industry’s massive skills gap. The Government backed scheme – the levy – that compels employers to stash cash away to pay for workplace training schemes, may not be  perfect system, but it is the beginning of getting more apprenticeships into the industry.

And there are a myriad of reasons why apprenticeships remain the cornerstone of the sector, here are just five.

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Fri, 10/25/2019
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The Apprenticeship levy explained

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Keeping the flow of apprentices coming into the industry is key to its success, the levy could be critical, but what is it?

Keeping the flow of apprentices coming into the industry is key to its success, the levy could be critical, but what is it?

Apprenticeships are crucial to the future of the motor industry, which faces a massive skills shortage due to an ageing workforce, misconceptions about the profession and challenging political times.

The system needs changes, but apprenticeships do help motor employers recruit young blood which is sorely needed. They also equip existing staff with skills, knowledge and behaviours that benefit them and the business, since modern apprenticeships are developed by employers to address skills gaps and lead to qualifications up to master’s degrees.

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Fri, 10/18/2019
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Seven ways to learn for modern apprentices

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Apprenticeships are a driver in the industry, but modern apprentices sometimes approach learning differently; here are the seven key trends

Sundry employees are investing in their future by enrolling in new employer-funded apprenticeship schemes that lead to qualifications and, often, a pay rise and promotion. Or catalyse a career switch.

But with apprenticeship starts slumping across the motor industry, what are the learning habits, behaviours and requirements that apprentices in the workplace favour?

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Thu, 09/19/2019
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Eight tips for passing your end-point assessment

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End-point assessments manager at the IMI, Barry Williams, gives his best advice for preparing for your end-point assessment

  1. Prepare for multiple assessment styles
    First thing to remember: EPAs work differently. An EPA is a synoptic assessment of everything the apprentice has learned during their apprenticeship. The apprentice will need to be able to recall knowledge taught across the whole of the apprenticeship in a variety of assessment styles: online test, skills test, professional discussion and interview, showcase and work-based project/assignment. Not all of these methods will be used in each apprenticeship standard but, on average, three will be.
     
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